Holiday Gift Buying Guide

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Well it is that time of year when we must all start thinking about the holidays even if we have not been thinking about the holidays.  This year I am going to be preparing a great guide to holiday gifts and must have items for the holiday season.  Keep checking back as I will be adding a ton of information to this post and I will be adding all of the MUST have gifts in this one popular location.

Perfectly Personalized

vivo print logo VivoPrint offers you the chance to get the personalized gifts that your loved ones are going to cherish for years to come.

zazzle Zazzle makes it possible for you to create the perfect personalized gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Perfect for Everyone

bean box logo  Bean Box is a great gift idea for anyone who LOVES coffee.

new air logo  New Air offers a great line of products including water dispensers that are perfect for everyone trying to get their daily water in.

premier kites logo  Premier Kites offers kites that are amazing and perfect for the entire family.

DK publishing logoDK Publishing offers you the chance to give books to everyone on your holiday gift list.

zoku logo Zoku makes the products that you need to have delicious healthy frozen treats at home any time.

winning moves logoWinning Moves Games offers a little something for everyone!  You can rest assured that you will have the best family game night after shopping with them.

books to me logo Books to Me offers you scheduled books of the photos that you have been posting to your Instagram account.  I am eager to check out this product and will be posting a full feature at the beginning of December so you can check it out.  I think that this is a great gift for your favorite person who loves to post pics at Instagram!

chicken soup logo Chicken Soup for the Soul books are perfect for anyone who loves a good heartwarming tale that is going to encourage them in their own struggles.

eco cloth diapers logo  Eco Cloth Diapers offers you the chance to buy high quality bamboo items for everyone in your household. They are a whole lot more than just cloth diapers!

honeywell logo  Honeywell makes great personal heaters that will keep you warm all summer long while helping you to save money too.

ozeri logo   Ozeri makes a high quality fan that is perfect for anyone who is looking to have a gentle breeze in the winter or really cool off in the summer.

Items for the Kiddos

livie and luca logo  Livie and Luca offer high quality shoes that your little ones are sure to love just as much as you do.

chatsters logo Chatsters Gabby doll is a fun and interactive toy that is unlike any doll that you have seen before!

zoomer dino logoZoomer Dino makes your child a dino tamer!!

PaddlePak I love Trunki products and find that they are going to make a lot of people happy this holiday season.  I am in love with the Yondi neck pillows because they are neck pillows that my little ones will actually use.  I am also in love with the PaddlePaks!  I love that these amazing backpacks are splash proof and a ton of fun for your child to carry around.

alex kitchen 4   ALEX Toys offers you the best choices for a great home kitchen for your little one.

digipals logoDigiPals offers a unique way for your child to carry their electronics and keep the screens clean at the same time.

toddler alex 4 ALEX Toys offers you a lot of toddler fun for your little one.

Poof logo  POOF offers you a great line of My 1st Sports toys that will help any budding athlete find their sport.

alex piano ALEX Toys offers bath time fun for little ones!

green toys logo Green Toys offers safe toys that you don’t have to worry about containing toxins or other harmful chemicals.

wee squeak logo  Wee Squeak offers adorable styles of squeaky shoes that your toddler and early walker will love to wear!!  Until November 25th you can enter a contest to win a $50 gift card!!  Open to residents in the US and Canada!

Boogin head logo Boogin’ Head will be like a breath of fresh air for moms as it makes their life a whole lot easier.

safari ltd logoSafari LTD offers you a little something for all of the kiddos on your shopping list this year.

north star toys 1 North Star Toys has all of your handmade wooden toy needs and a great nativity set that is perfect for the holiday season.

BubbleBum LOGO cmyk Bubble Bum booster seats offer you all of the protection that you need from a booster seat in a package that is fully portable and can be folded into a small bag.

spark up 2   SparkUp is the reader that you wish that you always had for your child.

tsukihoshi logo  Tsukihoshi Shoes offer you a great selection that are comfortable for your child but also feature the best styles and colors.

yoxo logo  YOXO offers your child creative fun and is a great tool to teach them about recycling.

halo logo  The Halo SleepSack is an amazing gift that will keep the little ones in your life warm all night long.

buttons logo  Buttons Diapers offers high quality cloth diapers that are great for all of the little ones on your list.

Kidz gear  Kidz Gear offers you high quality headphones that are perfect for your child.

thinkfun logo ThinkFun offers you a lot of great ways to have fun playing games while you help your child learn…Robot Turtles will teach your little ones programming.

zoey's attic logo   Zoey’s Attic offers you a lot of great choices for personalized gifts for your children.

aden logo  Aden + Anais offers you amazing products for your baby…and guess what they’re perfect for baby’s stocking!!

tt_logo_only_tm Tidy Tots Diapers are a great choice for your little one if you are thinking about cloth diapering.  Their starter set offers you an affordable way to jump in and fall in love!

Beatrix girls logo The Beatrix Girls are a great present for any little girl.  The little girl will learn about being confident and having great self esteem from these popstar dolls.

Zip It Baby Zip It! Baby features high quality layette wear and blankets that are perfect for any baby in your life.  The materials are some of the softest and thickets that I have felt.

Tumblewalla logo  Tumblewalla offers high quality clothes for babies and toddlers and if you order before December 17th using the code HOLIDAY you can save 30% and get free holiday shipping too!!!

New Jammies logoNew Jammies offers a wide range of holiday styles and pajamas that really are perfect for everyone.  With so many great styles to choose from there really is no reason that you should not be shopping with New Jammies this holiday season and throughout the new year.

eeboo logo  eeBoo offers you a lot of high quality children’s items that are more than just toys.

iswimband logo iSwimband offers moms a chance to feel more at ease while around water with their kids.

paw patrol logo 2  The Paw Patrol is always on a roll and ready to help others.  The Spin Master line of Paw Patrol toys will help you teach your little one to help others and give back.

Spin Master logo  Spin Master’s Family Game Night games are perfect for playing games with your family from toddler to adult.

spy gear logo  Spy Gear offers you the toys that your child needs to become a spy on their own.

posh play mat  A Posh Play Mat is a great place for a little one to play and a must have for all families.

bella logo  Bella Bundles offers you high quality blankets that are great for babies and toddlers alike.

knitwits logo Knitwits offers high quality character hats that are as much fun to wear as they are practical and warm.

Items for Women

tieks logo Tieks by Gavrieli are comfortable easy to take anywhere ballet flats that every woman needs as a part of their wardrobe.

honeycat cosmetics  Honeycat Cosmetics offers luxurious bath products that will be the favorite gift of any women in your life.

taos untopia Taos Footwear offers the perfect shoes for every woman in your life.  Check them out for great style, function, and fun!

betabrand logoBetabrand offers great clothing choices that are fun for any men and women on your list.  Check out my post on their awesome holiday styles.

couture gel logo Couture Gel Nail Polish will let you give the gift of the perfect home manicures.

 

initials overnighterInitials Inc offers free personalization and something for everyone!

our world logo Our World Boutique offers you an amazing selection of high quality clothes and jewelry so you can shop for that favorite woman in your life.

live happy logo Live Happy Magazine is a great gift for any woman that you want to be able to find her true happiness in life.

Logo 833x192  Anatomie offers great clothes that are perfect for travel and the women who is on the go in your life.

Spanx logo  SPANX offers you high quality fashion finds that are going to make you feel more confident and leave you looking great.  SPANX brand products are filling up my Christmas wish list this year!

blinc logo  Blinc Inc offers high quality make up products with the best eye make up available.

Items for Men

betabrand logoBetabrand offers great gift choices for men and women both.  Check out my post about their clothes being perfect for holiday style.

Ideal Toys Logo  IDEAL Toys offers you a great selection of yard games that are perfect for any fun loving man in your life.

For the Techies in Your Life

d link logoD-Link offers exciting solutions to make your home into a smart home.

BITS Limited Logo  BITS Limited offers a unique way to keep your electronics protected and safe with the some of the best surge protectors on the market.

eartheasy logo  Eartheasy makes the perfect gifts for any outdoor enthusiast in your life.

For Your Favorite Photographer

miggo logo  Miggo offers a great line of camera straps that are completely unique and offer a great solution to the same boring and bulky camera bag.

Perfectly Stuffed Stockings

zebra logoZebra Pens offers you a lot of great choices that are going to make it easy to have perfect stockings this year.

dust off logoDust Off offers clean computers and screens.  Great new fashion forward options are perfect for stockings for everyone you love!

piggy paint logo Piggy Paint is a great nail polish that can perfectly fit in your favorite little girl’s stocking.

ribbies logo  Ribbies is a collection of hair accessories that are perfect for any little girl’s stocking in your life.

shave mob logo ShaveMOB offers you high quality razors and razor blades that make the PERFECT stocking stuffer.

knock knock logo   Knock Knock makes a great line of paper products that are perfect for gifts or stuffing into stockings.

Beastie Buddies  Beasty Buddies are fun hats that are perfect for stockings and great for the little ones in your life.

For New Moms and Pregnant Friends

hip baby wrap Hip Baby Wrap is the perfect gift for a new mom or mom to be.  Babywearing has a ton of benefits for baby and mommy too!

For the Fur Babies in Your Life

Print Neater Feeder offers you a simple solution to being able to keep your house clean from food and water spills and messes.

For the Fitness Enthusiast

ignite by spri  Ignite Fitness offers the fitness enthusiast in your life great workouts that are a ton of fun.

Holiday Gift Guide Feature — Tieks by Gavrieli

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Shoes, shoes, shoes…yes shoes are really what you can find on every fashionistas Christmas wish list this summer.  I LOVE Tieks by Gavrieli.  These are literally the best ballet flats that I have ever owned.   Since ballet flats are my favorite I have owned a lot of pairs but there are a few things that are unique to these that I particularly love.  I was really excited to buy a pair that are Clover Green ($175).  I don’t usually make a lot of purchases for myself but I pooled some of the birthday money that I had gotten together and chose to buy these great shoes.  I really LOVE them and find myself wearing them all of the time.  They add the perfect pop of color to black outfits!

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One the things that made me really excited to try these shoes was that I could fold them and carry them with me.  Since they are comfortable and such a high quality this makes them absolutely perfect when I am traveling.  In fact this past weekend I forgot to take them with me and had to dance all night long at a concert in my boots.  I would have given anything to magically be able to teleport these to myself for the show so that I would have been more comfortable while dancing.

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5 Reasons Every Woman Needs Tieks by Gavrieli

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1.  They Can Go Everywhere

One of the things that I love most about Tieks is that they can go everywhere with me.  They fold up small, come with a great little dust bag that keeps them protected or keeps the inside or your purse clean, and really are the perfect shoes for traveling.  As someone who is traveling an lot I find that my Tieks are probably one of the pairs of shoes that I wear the most.

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2.  Tieks Come Pre-Wrapped

I hate wrapping presents and with four kids and a HUGE family to shop for I go through tons of wrapping paper each year.  I always get upset because I never feel like my gifts are as pretty as I would like for them to be.  One of the best things about Tieks by Gavrieli is that they come packaged beautifully in a nice box with a cute flower on top.  They would not require any additional wrapping this holiday season.

3.  They Are Comfortable

I love comfortable shoes and shoes that I can wear all day long when chasing my kids around.  These really are some of the most comfortable ballet slippers that I have ever owned and ones that I do not want to take off.  This says a lot in itself because I prefer to be barefoot most of the time.

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4.  Tieks are Cute

I love that Tieks look great on.  They are so cute and stylish without having to try too hard.

5. There are Tieks for Every Outfit

Tieks come in so many styles and patterns that there is a pair that is going to match any and every outfit that you own.  I keep joking with my husband that one day I will own them all!

The hardest part about choosing Tieks by Gavrieli is choosing which color or pattern you will have.  There were so many that I loved that it actually took me a few days to pick mine out when I was shopping.  I thought that I would share a few of my favorites with you and the ones that are currently on my personal wish list.

Starstruck ($265)

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Coral Patent ($195)

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Chestnut ($175)

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Mustard Yellow ($175)

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Sunset Stripe ($175)

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Brentwood ($175)

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Holiday Gift Guide Feature — Zip It! Baby

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I have been so lucky to be able to work with Zip It! Baby again to be able to bring you this amazing review.  Adeline is my youngest and she is kind of a picky little girl.  I can’t complain because she comes by it completely honest.  She is just like her momma!!  So when Adeline finds something that she really loves I know that it is not going to be easily replaced or something that I  can just swap out for something else.  Nope, with Adeline when she finds something that she loves I am going to have to make sure that I work hard to take care of that and to have it around for her.

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This spring we worked with Zip It! Baby and I reviewed one of their adorable blankets.  Well, Adeline loves the newest blanket that she received from Zip It! Baby.  The blanket that she received last spring was the Dreamsicle Blanket ($44) and she never wanted to put it down.

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Thankfully I was able to review the Berry Blanket ($44) this time around I do not have to worry about when I need to wash one of them because she always has a spare.

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In addition to their amazing blankets, Zip It! Bay has some of the most adorable baby clothes that I have ever seen.  I just wish that I had known about the brand when Adeline was a baby so that I could have put her in them.

Choosing the Perfect Layette Wear for Your Little One

Choosing the perfect layette wear can be really simple when you know what you are shopping for.  Zip It! Baby has some of the best options that you can find for your baby.

Stylish Finds for the Season

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The 4 Pc White Happy Playsuit Gift Set is a perfect choice for little ones this holiday season.  The sets come in great colors that are perfect for boys (White/Clear Blue), girls (White/Giggle Pink), or both (White New Leaf).  These sets feature Adeline’s favorite blankets, a cute outfit, hat, and bag that they are packaged in and you get it all for just $78.00.

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Accessorize with Hats and Blankets

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One of the perfect things about the Zip It! Baby line is that they offer hats to go with all of their adorable outfits.  The hats are just $14 each which makes them a great buy.  They also feature great blankets ($44) that match.  This is a great way to keep your baby warm in the winter while still keeping them stylish and matching.

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Find Clothes that Will Be Comfortable

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The Zip It! Baby playsuits look amazing.  They zip and unzip which allows your baby to be able to be changed easily.  Plus they are easy to put back on a really wiggly baby!!  I am in love with the Happy Playsuit in Pebble/Giggle Pink ($42).

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Another great option from Zip It! Baby is their dresses. Who wouldn’t fall in love with the Berry Pocket Zipper Baby Dress in Chocolate/Giggle Pink ($42).

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The Rocket Pop Romper in Vintage Blue/Orange ($38) is perfect for easily styling your little one on warmer days.

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The Snuggle Gown in Chocolate/Clear Blue ($48) is a perfect way to keep your baby warm at night when they will no longer let you swaddle them.  It is a safe alternative to blankets and one that you can easily use.

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The Zip It! Baby Scamper Pants ($22) are perfect to let your little one chill in and the coordinating Onesies ($29) are so much fun too! Plus they feature the great zipper design that makes them easy to get on and off.

Holiday Gift Guide Feature — Beatrix Girls

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The Beatrix Girls are an exciting line of dolls that are ready to show your daughter how to be a popstar.  These exciting dolls are ready to take your daughter to the red carpet and beyond with fun clothes and accessories. Plus they teach your daughter to have a love of music that they might not gain from playing with other dolls and toys.

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I will admit that I was kind of shocked when I saw the Beatrix Girls in person.  These dolls are quite large and are a great quality for little girls to enjoy playing and pretending with.  I am sure that Adeline and Althea will love them. In fact Huxley was so certain that his sisters would like them that he told me that this was what he wanted to give them for Christmas this year.

Introducing The Beatrix Girls

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**Lark

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Lark is the bass player in the Beatrix Girls.  She loves extreme sports like skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding. Her favorite things are Boston Baked Beans, Corned Beef Sandwiches, Potato Pancakes, and the Boston Red Sox.  She is generally seen wearing her favorite styles which include ripped jeans, combat boots, and sneakers.  She hates wearing pink because of her red hair and can be heard saying “Come on, lighten up!” a lot.

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We received Lark and Huxley decided that this is the doll that he was going to give to Adeline.

**Ainsley

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Ainsley is the drum player for the Beatrix Girls.  She is normally a sweet and quiet girl but when she is performing she really rocks.  She loves being able to play in a band and is shocked that she gets to do something she loves so much for a job.  She loves to wear rich classic feminine fabrics and enjoys having them tailored to fit her modern style.  Her favorite things are go-karts, parasols, truffles, and lollypops and she can be heard saying “Oh my, this is all too, too.” quite frequently.

**Brayden

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Brayden plays the guitar for the Beatrix Girls and you can hear her wailing on the guitar when they are performing. She is also the lead singer and she writes most of the songs.  She writes about all of the things that she loves in life and is super excited to be able to play music with her best friends.  You will see her wearing cool mini skirts, lots of jewelry, prints, patterns, sky high heels, metallics, and leather to create a unique sassy style.  She can be heard saying “Are we beat, or are we Beatrix?” all of the time and says her favorite things include latte flavored candies, funky bright sunglasses in different shapes, California sushi rolls, and heart shaped notebooks to write her songs in.

**Chantal

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Chantal is from Canada and plays the keyboards in the band.  She can get bent out of shape but most of the time she is calm and level headed. While she loves playing in the band, the other girls tend to get on her nerves from time to time.  She likes to dress in soft and subtle silk shirts, dark tight capri pants, mini skirts with fishnet stalkings, and has a 50s flare to her style.  She speaks French and can be heard saying “J’en peux plus” which translates to “I can’t take it anymore.”  Her favorites include Marzipan, scented candles, French onion soup, and snails.

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We also received Chantal which Huxley told me that he wanted to give to Althea for a present.

 

Today I thought that I would share some tips to “make your daughter rock like a popstar” since I got to work with Beatrix Girls for these great popstar dolls.

Tips to Make Your Daughter Rock Like a Popstar

**Teach Your Daughter to be Confident and Build Up Her Self Esteem

One thing is for certain about popstars, they have a great sense of self esteem and are very confident.  They are ready to take the world by store, be themselves, and never doubt their choices.  This is a great thing to teach your daughter when she is playing with her Beatrix Girls.  Teach her about how she should love who she is and how to love herself.  Doing this will help her tho have the self esteem and confidence of a popstar.

**Pick Out Clothes that Rock

Popstars are known for their flashy styles and bling when it comes to fashion.  Help  your daughters achieve this look by buying clothes that have sequins or other bling on them.  I know that my girls are really going to rock and feel like popstars in their sequin pants that I ordered the other day.

**Have Concerts with Your Daughters

Every little girl who wants to be a popstar will love getting dressed up and playing “concert” with you.  The best thing is that this is something that you can do with your child.  Pick up some play microphones or a karaoke machine and use your inner rocker spirit to play with your daughters.  This can also give you chance to learn about the music that they love as well as sharing with them the music that you love.

Finding great ways to help your daughter feel like a popstar is fun.  It is also a great way to interact and enjoy playing together.

Holiday Gift Guide Feature — Tidy Tots Diapers

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I have to admit that there are few things in my life that have caught on like cloth diapers did.  In fact for a while I switched to disposables for night time when Adeline was potty training but we have officially moved back into our cloth diapers at night.  I love cloth diapering and if I had another little squish on the way I would choose to cloth diaper from birth.  That being said finding out about cloth diapers was hard work, overwhelming (there are so many styles and brands!), and just hard to handle at one point.  I am so glad that I am able to share Tidy Tots Diapers with you.  Tidy Tots are amazing, affordable, and so easy!

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I was very lucky to receive the Great Start Set ($214.96) and I have got to say that nearly 90% of the time these are the nighttime diapers that we choose.  My daughter loves the colors and prints and I love that they do not leak and that we have never had rashes/reactions to any of the inserts.

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We received a great assortment of covers in designs and colors that were absolutely adorable.  I really love them all!

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The set also came with these great snap in liners that you stuffed with inserts.  They were so easy to use and even my husband was able to easily stuff them which was not the case with some other types of diapers because of the size of his hands.  Plus you get a package of diaper liners too which are great for poo with little babies.

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Tips for Choosing Great Cloth Diapers

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Find the Set that is Going to Work for You

When it comes to cloth diapers you really have to know what type of set you want and what is going to work with you.  What I love most about the Great Start Set is that it does come with everything that you need, adorable covers, and all of the inserts.  If you were not opposed to doing daily laundry this is one set that you really could purchase and never have to buy another set again.

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Choose Diapers that Are Your Style

Plus with Tidy Tots diapers you can choose from a great selection of covers so that you can choose styles that are perfect for you.  Your baby will never have to leave the house clothed in a bum that you do not think is cute.

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Love the Diapers that You Choose

I will admit that even though I did not Tidy Tots when I first started cloth diapering, once I found them I wish that I did. They seriously are one of my favorite diapers that we have ever owned!  That is saying a lot when I have tried most of the brands of diapers that are on the market today!

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Don’t Be Fooled by Advertising

One of the things that I fell for when I first started was advertising.  I chose the diapers that I heard the most about and I HATED them, like seriously HATED them.  I ended up calling the company and sending them back and getting credit to use in the online shop where I purchased them.  I was lucky because I was not stuck with $700 worth of cloth diapers (I had purchased for two little ones.)!  However it sickens me to think how much money I could have saved had I found Tidy Tots sooner.

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Learn to Pick What YOU Like

Finally make sure that you do not listen to everyone else.  I have friends who have cloth diapered and each of us have loved something different.  So I learned quickly that you have to be willing to pick what you like first.  This is so important for finding great cloth diapers and finding what you are interested in.

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Cloth diapering is something that I quickly fell in love with and became passionate about.

Holiday Gift Guide Feature — Aden + Anais

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Prior to working with Aden + Anais I had only used their receiving blankets.  Now I have had the opportunity to use some of the best bath products that I have found for little ones.  I was sent their Baby Wash and Baby Lotion and honestly was impressed by the quality of both of them.  I will guarantee you that you will not be disappointed if you pick these up.

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With that being said I wanted to share with you how to stuff the perfect stocking for the baby in your life.  I find stuffing a baby’s stocking to be the hardest of all because there are not a ton of small inexpensive things that you can throw in there.  However there are a lot of great useful products that you can pack in there that you can use again.

Filling the Perfect Stocking for a Baby

Choose Useful Products

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One thing that I love about the Aden + Anais is that they offer so many products that are perfect for babies.  I also love that they support initiatives and programs that give back like the (PRODUCT)RED line that is now featured in their online shop.  I love the (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Organic Designer Swaddles ($54.95) that famed celebrity designer Rachel Zoe created.  This set features three swaddle blankets that are perfect for any baby on your list.

Consider Items that You Might Not Usually Buy

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Another great tip for buying stocking stuffers for a baby is to check out items that you might not normally purchase.  Fun bibs and burp cloths are great for this purpose.  You know that you are going to use them but you might not always pick out the higher quality ones like the ones from Aiden + Anais.   I personally fell in love with the Moonlight — Leafy Bamboo Burpy Bib ($12.95).  I think that the colors are great and that it is fun for anyone.

Pick Something Baby Will Love

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I keep hearing the most amazing things about the Dream Blankets.  I wish that I owned one but I don’t and we are a blanket family so we honestly have far more blankets than we could ever use.  But if you have a special baby in your life who you want to have a little bit of luxury than I have heard that the Bamboo Dream Blankets are the most amazing blankets that you can purchase.  I would personally choose the Moonlight Bead + Solid Grey Bamboo Dream Blankets ($54.95).  This would be a great way to take up room in a bigger stocking too!

Use Bath Products That Baby Will Enjoy

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Aden + Anais makes bath products that your little one will love.  One of my traditions is to include quite a few bath products in the stockings that my children get each year.  I find that this is a great way to stock up on their favorites and to be able to give them a gift that we will eventually need and use.  I really love the Soothing Ointment ($15.95) for dry skin in the winter time.  It has worked better on rough dry spots that my children have than anything else ever has!

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The Ultra Gentle Lotion ($15.95) was thick and creamy but not too sticky or greasy and the Hair + Body Wash ($15.95) was amazing too!

Check out Aden + Anais for perfectly stuffed stockings for the special babies in your life!

Holiday Gift Guide — Premier Kites

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Premier Kites are an amazing line of top quality kites that are unlike any others that you have seen.  I was more than impressed with the ones that I have owned in the past.  I am so excited to share with you what a perfect gift that Premier Kites will make.  They offer kites that are perfect for everyone from the young to the old and all ages in between.

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I am going to share with you some of my favorite kites that they offer and the perfect person to purchase them for from your Christmas list.

Kites for Everyone

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A Kite for a Toddler

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Easy Flyers are the perfect kites for younger children.  My two and a half year old loved being able to fly her own kite this summer.

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A Kite for a Preschooler

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Fun Flyers are the perfect kite for preschoolers.  My son would love to have the Dinosaur Backpack and I am sure that he would think that it was amazing that he could fly him completely on his own.

A Kite for a Grade Schooler

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When most children think of a kite they think about a Diamond Kite.  I am sure that any little girl would love this adorable unicorn kite as one of her Christmas gifts this year.

A Kite for a Jr Higher

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The Fringe Delta is just the type of kite that would be fun for an older child or child who is junior high age.  These kites are fun and look great when flying.

A Kite for a High Schooler

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Octopus Kites are great for anyone.

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Even high schoolers will enjoy flying these kites around and seeing where they can lead you.

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A Kite for a College Student

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Box Kites are a lot of fun for everyone.  These kites are fun and functional and offer something unique for the special college student in your life.

A Kite for a Young Adult

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The Penta Series kites are hilarious.  I think that flying one of these crazy cat kites around would be a fun time and one that would make others laugh.  My brother and his friends who find these hilarious and have hours of fun with them.

A Kite for a Middle Aged Adult

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Sport Kites are another great option for a fun adult in your life.  These kites are interactive and require some level of skill.  They are perfect for someone who really loves to have a good challenge from time to time.  My husband absolutely loves to fly these special sport kites and he has a lot of fun with them.

A Kite for a Mature Adult

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Mature adults are going to be able to enjoy flying kites just as much as someone younger.  These great Airplane Kites are perfect for any mature person in your life.  When I first saw them I thought that my grandfather would really enjoy flying them.

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Flying kites is something that I love to do with my own family and is sure to be something that you will enjoy doing with yours.

Holiday Gift Guide Feature — Rollors Game

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

Rollors Game is exciting and a great new product that you are going to be happy to give anyone in your life. It is high quality, made from great products, and really is a fun and innovative game for your family.  I promise to update with some of my own pictures after we get a chance to play it. It rained and then snowed right after I received it so I was unable to get pictures with it and really didn’t want it to be dirty and muddy.

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I thought that I would choose my favorite tips for choosing a great game for your entire family with you since this game is one that I would say is perfect for the entire family.

Tips to Choose the Best Game for the Whole Family

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Tip 1 — Choose Something Everyone Can Play

My first tip for choosing a great game for the entire family is to make sure that it is something that everyone can play.  One of the things that I love most about Rollors Game is that it is a great game for families to play together. You can actually modify it a bit with your children so that even little ones can play it.

Check out this awesome video of the game being played on the Today Show on NBC.
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Tip 2 — Choose a Game That is Perfect Everywhere You Go

Picking out a game that is perfect no matter where you are going to be is also important.  Choose a gift that you love and are going to be able to enjoy no matter where you are going.  I love that we can easily pack up Rollors and take it with us to the places that we go the most like camping and even to the beach.

Tip 3 — Make Sure Everyone Understands the Rules

One of the things that you have to do with Rollers is make sure that everyone knows the rules and can understand them.  A game is not going to be great for your whole family if everyone can not understand how to play it.  I love that Rollors is easily understood by people of all ages.  This makes it perfect for our family and for yours too!

Tip 4 — Take a Practice Round

Before getting started with Rollors take the time to have a short practice round where everyone in your family can master the skill of learning how to roll the discs so that you can really play together.

Tip 5 — Have the Right Rules

Make sure that you have rules for your family to be able to enjoy the game and play.  Make sure that you make the rules clear ahead of time and talk to the kiddos about them.

Finding the best family game can be easy when you know what to look for.  I love Rollors Game for the whole family.  I am so excited to have this one around for impromptu game nights this spring and summer.  I also love that we will be able to take the game camping with us and on adventures that we might have.  To stay up to date with Rollors check out their Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts.

Holiday Gift Guide Feature — Buttons Diapers Review and Giveaway!

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

Babies are hard to shop for.  If you have babies in your life who get to enjoy the CD love or even if you just have a friend who is curious about the cloth diapers then Buttons Cloth Diapers are the answer to your holiday shopping guide.

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I thought in celebration of writing about cloth diapers that I would share some reasons that you might want to check out cloth diapers for all of the little ones in your life.

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10 Reasons Every Mom Should Check Out Cloth Diapers

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 Reason 1 — There are Great Options for Cloth Diapering

Today there are so many different brands and styles of cloth diaper that you can find something to fall in love with.  There really is a style that is perfect for every child and one that is perfect for every mom.  I love the Buttons Diapers cloth diaper that I was given for a review.  This diaper is a wonderful quality and so cute.  I honestly wish that we had seen these sooner since our littlest is basically wearing diapers at night time and for travel only.

Reason 2 — Avoid the Chemicals in Disposable Diapers

So many disposable diapers that are on the market today have chemicals in them.  These chemicals can be harmful to your little one.  Our younger son had an allergic reaction to diapers which is what prompted us to switch to cloth.  It was a decision that I loved and one that I would never take back.

Reason 3 — Save Money

You will save a ton of money with cloth diapers.  Even choosing the most expensive, top of the line diapers saves you money when you have more than one child.

Reason 4 — It’s Easy to Cloth Diaper

Everyone always made comments to me about cloth diapering being gross.  It really is no different.  The only thing is that you have to dump the poo into the toilet.  Technically, if you read your disposable diaper bags, this is something that you should be doing anyways although almost no one does.

Reason 5 — No Leaks

Cloth diapers do not leak as often as disposable diapers.  In fact we almost never had leaks with our kids in cloth.

Reason 6 — One Size Diapers

One size diapers will fit your little one shortly after birth until they are at potty training age.

Reason 7 — They Hold Their Value

Cloth diapers are a decent investment as they hold their value.  You will be able to resell them after you are done using them.

Reason 8 — There is an Awesome Option in Everyone’s Budget

Another great thing about Buttons Diapers is that they are affordable for everyone.  You can get packages starting at just over $100 that have everything you need to cloth diaper full time.

Reason 9 — They’re Better for the Environment

Cloth diapers are really great for the environment because you are not producing diaper waste.

Reason 10 — They’re Cute

Let’s face it, the Buttons Diapers are so much cuter than any disposable that you will find.

Choosing cloth diapers was an easy decision for me.  If you are on the line try getting just a few and giving it a test drive.  I am sure that it is something that you will fall in love with.  Buttons Diapers are a great option because they encompass everything that you want from a cloth diaper.

GIVEAWAY!!!! GIVEAWAY!!!!
Check out the awesome Buttons Diapers giveaway to win one for yourself.

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Outshine Everyone at Your Holiday Party with Betabrand

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

I have to start by saying that I do not find many companies that I love as much as Betabrand.  It is really a great company and perfect for everyone this holiday season.  I am so excited about the amazing pieces of clothing that I have received and can’t wait to share with all of you how you can be the sparkling main attraction at your holiday event too.

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Have you heard of Disco Pants and Disco Leggings?

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To be honest I had not either until I was combing through the Betabrand website the other day trying to find out what my favorite style pieces were for the season.  I have to admit that these are it for me!

**Disco Pants Are So Much Fun

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I love the Disco Pants ($100) for a variety of different reasons.  One of them is that they are so much fun.  Even the kids realized how much fun they were as they danced around my husband when he tried them on.  I am eager for us to celebrate one of our upcoming holiday events in style while my husband is wearing these.

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I think that he looks pretty handsome in them.  On a side note,  I decided that he really does need the blazer that Betabrand makes because he would look like he stepped back in time with his own unique style.

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**Disco Leggings Add Lots of Sparkle to Your Holidays

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After finding the Disco Pants I knew that I needed the matching Disco Leggings ($68) for our holiday looks.  To be honest I do not usually match my husband.  I like for us to coordinate but rarely do I ever choose matching items for us to wear.  I loved the Disco Pants so much that I broke my rule and got these for myself.  I know that I am going to love how they look with tall black boots, a black tunic and the Academic Hoodie (more on that one in a bit!)

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**Other Disco Pieces Can Spice Up Your Holiday Wardrobe

I thought since I was so impressed with the Disco Pants and Disco Leggings that I would highlight my favorite pieces from the Disco line for you.

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The Disco Tuxedo Jacket ($198) is a lot of fun and will really add some great fun and funky style to any man’s wardrobe.

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The Women’s Silver Disco Hoodie ($125) has earned a place on my list of fashion items I must have.  I LOVE the leggings and can not imagine how much I would love this awesome hoodie!

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The Purple Reversible Hoodie ($125) is like the mullet of hoodies, party on one side and business on the other.

If you are interested in checking out any of the additional pieces in the disco line of clothing you can look here to see the whole collection.

Now to go with our amazing Disco Pants and Disco Leggings I wanted to wear something that would tone things down a bit and make them perfect for our holiday gatherings that might not be as Disco friendly.

**Shark Hide Hoodiegan for Business and Pleasure

The Shark Hide Hoodiegan ($78) is perfect for any environment.  This adorable sweater features the casual style of a hoodie while offering the business style of a cardigan.  It is a great piece and it looks great when paired with the Disco Pants.  My husband told me that he really loves how this one fits and how comfortable it is to wear.  He is very pleased with the style and comfort that he gets from wearing this hoodie.

**Taking Academics to a New Level with the Womens Academic Hoodie

The Women’s Academic Hoodie ($188) is what I chose to wear with my Disco Leggings.  This is one of the nicest hoodies I have ever seen.  It is so warm and made in a way that makes it more like a nice lightweight coat than a hoodie.  I LOVE this but I will admit that I probably won’t be wearing it indoors when I have my Disco Leggings on.  I am thinking that it would be a little hot if you were wearing it inside.  That being said….it is going to be perfect for so many things.  It is the perfect hoodie for all seasons and it is so stylish and cute with the leather elbow patches!

There is no shortage of fun when you are shopping with Betabrand.  If you are lucky enough to live in the San Francisco area you can go to their store.  If you go to the store you are going to get to see items that are not featured on the website.  There are so many things that I LOVE on the website that I can not imagine getting to shop a wider selection in the store!  If you are like me and live to far to shop with them at the store you can still shop online and check out all of the amazing, cool, and fun items that are available.  Best of all, each item was made in the USA and fashioned in ethical ways.  Business reviews of the company and all of my interactions lead me to believe that they are really customer focused and aim to keep coming back for more and being a customer for life!

We wore these this weekend and got so many compliments….people LOVED them and everyone wanted to know where they could get their own!!!